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Russia East Sakhalin exploration basin

Russia East Sakhalin exploration basin

Report summary

The East Sakhalin Basin is home to the giant South Kirinskoye gas field and holds the potential for further significant discoveries. It is located in an extremely harsh offshore environment, where multiple challenges present explorers with a unique set of issues. The presence of pack ice means that platforms need to be specially engineered in order to withstand the pressure of the ice for many months at a time. The remoteness of the basin also means that supplies need to be shipped long distances in order to reach any operations and this adds to the costs of exploration and development. However, despite the high cost environment, we estimate that the basin can create value in the future at our Base price scenario. 

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Oil and gas exploration is an industry in constant motion, from technological breakthroughs to shifting supply and demand. The high costs of finding and developing new oil and gas fields that can be commercially developed has created a challenging atmosphere, with explorers increasingly seeing low returns, low value and slow progress.

This Exploration Basin report provides a detailed analysis of exploration of this basin, including discovery and development costs, location maps and information about licensing and fiscal terms. You'll also find information about discovery and development costs and full-cycle returns.

Explorers and advisors can use this report to understand the history and potential value of this basin.

Wood Mackenzie has access to historic data for over 450 basins and forecasts for more than 125 basins. We provide accurate information on the cost of exploration compared to the value of discoveries so that you can develop profitable strategies.

Our in-depth analysis gives you the information you need to navigate the ever-changing challenges of oil and gas exploration so you can make critical commercial decisions.

  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Key issues include:
  • Location maps
  • Participation
  • Key companies
    • Key well operators
  • Geology
  • Exploration
    • Wells drilled
    • Basin success rates
  • Reserves and resources
    • Volumes discovered
    • Yet-to-find potential
    • Play inputs
      • Creaming curve and key play data
  • Development
    • Tertiary Shelf gas
  • Costs
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Licensing
    • Fiscal terms
  • Economic assumptions
    • Oil and gas prices
  • Economic analysis
    • TYP economics
    • Outlook economics
      • Development value
        • Tertiary Shelf gas
      • Prospect breakeven price
        • Tertiary Shelf gas
      • Expected monetary value (EMV)
      • Play economics
    • Full cycle basin economics
    • Implied acreage value

In this report there are 51 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Play level data
    • Assumptions
  • Summary and key issues
    • Summary and key issues: Image 1
    • Summary and key issues: Image 2
    • Commerciality index
  • Location maps
    • Exploration history map
    • Location maps: Image 2
  • Participation
    • Licensed exploration acreage
    • Expiry forecast of current licence
  • Key companies
    • Key licence holders
    • Key companies: Table 2
    • Gross exploration wells completed by operator
    • Net exploration wells completed by participant
    • Company success rates and discoveries
  • Geology
    • Key play characteristics
  • Exploration
    • Drilling activity by well type
    • Cumulative exploration wells by play
    • Discoveries and success rates
    • Discoveries by licence year and drilling year
  • Reserves and resources
    • Basin creaming curve
    • Key basin data
    • Volumes discovered by year
    • Average discovery size and volume per well by year
    • Reserves and resources: Table 2
    • Cumulative discoveries by play
    • Cumulative volumes discovered by play
    • Forecast data by play (outlook)
    • Tertiary Shelf gas
    • Reserves and resources: Table 4
    • Tertiary Shelf gas
    • Tertiary Shelf gas
  • Development
    • Yet-to-find costs and underlying development assumptions
  • Costs
    • Recent discovery costs
    • Summary of discovery and development costs
    • Exploration and appraisal spend
    • Exploration spend per well and average well depth
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Typical fiscal terms
  • Economic assumptions
    • Economic assumptions: Image 1
    • Economic assumptions: Image 2
  • Economic analysis
    • Value creation, spend and volume discovered
    • Returns by drilling year
    • Breakeven price versus prospect size
    • Value creation versus investment
    • Value of potential discoveries
    • Unit value of potential discoveries
    • Breakeven price of exploration
    • Discount rate breakeven price sensitivities
    • Tertiary Shelf gas
    • Tertiary Shelf gas
    • Full cycle economic analysis
    • Average value of future discoveries and implied acreage value
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